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Where we begin in the whole sacred process of evangelization is very important! Pope Francis has radiantly reminded us of this, hasn’t he? It’s not helpful to start with what the Church … more
Maybe it’s because he preached these words in my hometown of St. Louis at Mass on his visit there in 1999, but the following teaching of Pope St. John Paul II has always had a special meaning … more
Like many of you, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks attending graduations. My Mom even went to the kindergarten graduation of my grandnephew Charlie! Me? I was at the commencements for … more
We New Yorkers pride ourselves on being “progressive.” A former governor, Theodore Roosevelt, often observed that government “needed always to advance whatever promoted human … more
Mass of the Vigil for Life Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception January 18, 2018   The following is the text of the homily to be delivered by Cardinal … more
Somebody has got to do something!” How often, in exasperation, do we sigh or yell out that statement? As we look at the problems, injustices, sorrows, and tragedies that daily hit us in … more
You may remember the somber event that occurred in the days prior to Holy Week, when Firefighter Michael Davidson died in the line of duty battling a blaze in Harlem. The entire city grieved, and … more
Jackie Kennedy once commented, “The Church may have flaws, but she sure comes through at birth and death.” I’ll take that compliment! November is the month Holy Mother … more
Last weekend’s newspapers, and reports on TV and radio, understandably had a lot on dads, since Sunday was Fathers’ Day. Was it just me, though, or were there more stories than usual … more
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to observe that the saddest person is the one without gratitude, the one who feels he/she has nothing for which to thank God or somebody else. We Americans would … more
Like most of you, I enjoy it when I hear or read an observation that I’ve held for a long time. That’s why I nodded in agreement as I read an enlightening article by Erika Andersen in … more
A blessed New Year! One of the many gifts the Lord lavishes upon us, so obvious at the start of a fresh calendar, is the chance to begin all over again. “Regrets? We’ve had a few, … more
This glorious Easter Season often presents to us daily Mass readings from the Acts of the Apostles, that inspired book of the New Testament, written by St. Luke, often called, “The Fifth … more
Dear friends in the Lord: As we begin this Lenten Season, in which we reflect on the passion, death, and resurrection of Our Lord, I offer this reflection on our own deaths and resurrections, and … more
So many of our priests, deacons, women and men religious—as well as married couples—are celebrating anniversaries these happy weeks. Congratulations! Just last Sunday I celebrated my … more
While we Catholics believe that a church building is certainly not The Church, we still take the building very seriously. more
Yes, I know that the classical, popular devotion, the Via Crucis—reverently accompanying Jesus on His tortured journey from unjust condemnation by Pontius Pilate, to His repose in the arms of … more
Sí, sé que la devoción clásica popular del Vía Crucis, de acompañar con reverencia a Jesús en su tortuoso viaje desde su injusta condena por parte de … more
The passing of George H.W. Bush, our forty-first president, has moved me. I’ve always admired him. While working at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, I got to meet him a number of times, … more
You will not be surprised, given my girth, that I enjoy conversations with good cooks.  While I’m hardly a chef myself—I can make a cup of tea or a piece of toast—I sure enjoy … more
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